THE PREDA­TOR (MA15+)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE MOVIES -

BIG­GER AND BADDER, BUT NOT MUCH BET­TER, US, 107 MIN As­sess­ing the over­all worth of the long-run­ning

Preda­tor fran­chise is very easy in­deed. The Arni­es­tar­ring orig­i­nal from 1987 is a run-gun-an­drepeat clas­sic. All the rest have been cin­e­matic dump­ster fires, barely able to stay alight un­til the clos­ing cred­its. While the same out­come is achieved by this er­ratic, self-con­tra­dic­tory re­boot, it does put up a good fight (and some great frights) be­fore as­sum­ing the form of hot garbage. The ac­tion cen­tres on the un­wel­come ar­rival to Earth of a new, su­per-sized Preda­tor and the mot­ley crew of car­i­ca­tures with whom he will be skir­mish­ing. These in­clude a too-cool-for-school sniper (Boyd Hol­brook) and a where-the-heck­did-she-sud­denly-learn-to-op­er­ate-heavyartillery-like-that? sci­en­tist (Olivia Munn). The pure ac­tion se­quences do rock, but the rest rarely gets on a roll for long.

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